Balkan Region Report – February 2020

The Border Violence Monitoring Network is releasing it’s latest report on violations recorded from across the Balkan Route. In February volunteers observed a convergence of abuse against people-on-the-move during illegal pushbacks and prevention tactics at the EU’s external border. The Network shared the story of 190 people who suffered collective expulsion, analysing several trends and phenomena that can be found below. These cases are also summarised in conjunction with the set of violent measures taken at official border crossings, as seen most overtly at Turkey’s border with Greece.

The report analyses among other things:

    • Attempted crossings from Turkey met with repression
    • Czech police carry out pushbacks from N. Macedonia
    • Further dogĀ  attacks in Hungary
    • The violent pushback of families from Romania
    • Racialised police practice in Croatia

Read the full report to find out more on these issues, and a number of other developments in the region, such as: police/fascist repression in Serbia, mass arrests inside Greek cities, strengthened border controls inside Bosnia-Herzegovina and litigation updates from Melilla.


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